Wolf hunt opponents, supporters clash at Senate hearing

  • Article by: Doug Smith , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 14, 2013 - 11:33 PM

Bill would put a five-year moratorium on wolf season.

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redkayakMar. 14, 1310:29 PM

Wolves are not pets. This is not about hunting dogs. Wolves are a large preditor on the top of the food chain. Hunting is needed to keep them in the woods and away from humans. The number of wolves killed In the hunting season is insignificant to the maintenance of the species, They rapidly reproduce having litters of 7 to 11. What else is there to control the wolf population if not hunting?

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antagonistMar. 14, 1310:43 PM

"The bill’s chief author, Sen. Chris Eaton. . .a Brooklyn Center DFLer. . . " Those metro legislators know what's best for all of us living where there are actually wolves. I'm sure she's a biologist too. Thankfully those who represent northern Minnesota have more sense and will vote this bill away.

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bs1fromevMar. 14, 1311:33 PM

Buffalo herds and grizzly bears used to roam North America. We should reintroduce those animals too. Just to be fair to those animals.

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potter101Mar. 14, 1311:36 PM

Do they make wolf burgers out of them or do they just throw them in the garbage. I think the latter.

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bs1fromevMar. 14, 1311:37 PM

The wolf hunting season is a good thing. Wolves are stinking disease carrying, parasite riddled animals. Wolves travel in a large area so they can potentially spread fatal illnesses to people, pets and livestock. Viral diseases carried by wolves include rabies, canine distemper, canine parvovirus, infectious canine hepatitis, papillomatosis, and canine coronavirus. Bacterial diseases carried by wolves include brucellosis, Lyme disease, leptospirosis, tularemia, bovine tuberculosis, listeriosis, anthrax and foot and mouth disease. There have been recorded cases of wolves carrying at least fifty or more species of Parasites. Wolves carry both ectoparasites and endoparasites (external and internal parasites). Endoparasites known to infect wolves include protozoans and helminthes. The helminthes include at least 24 species of nematodes (roundworms), 21 species of cestodes (tapeworms), nine species of trematodes (flukes), heartworms, and three species of acanthocephalia (spiny-headed worms). The Protozoan species: Isospora, Toxoplasma, Sarcocystis, Babesia, Giardia and Neospora caninum. The ectoparasites that infest wolves are fleas, ticks, lice and mites. Help protect people, pets and livestock from these disease and parasite carrying animals; Support the wolf hunt. The animals the wolves’ prey upon also have a right to live. Each wolf tag filled will save many small and large animals from a gruesome death. The smaller animal are the lucky ones they usually die a quick death. The wolf mostly kills small animals by ripping out or crushing their throat. The wolf’s powerful bite severs arteries and nerves. The larger animals like deer, moose, and cattle are subject to a more cruel death. The animals are chased down from behind, usually by several wolves biting and tearing at their hind quarters and soft under bellies. The larger animals are subjected to a vicious and cruel death. They die a slow, bloody and painful death. It is a horrific way for these animals to die having their throat and entrails ripped apart while still living. It is estimated that a mature wolf can kill up to twenty deer a year. They will kill black bear cubs and even kill larger black bears in their den while hibernating. So with each wolf tagged a hunter will save many animals from a horrific, cruel and painful death. It truly is sad that the anti-wolf hunt crowd wants to see so many animals killed in such a cruel manner.

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potter101Mar. 14, 1311:37 PM

bs1fromev Mar. 14, 13 11:33 PM Buffalo herds and grizzly bears used to roam North America. We should reintroduce those animals too. Just to be fair to those animals.********************Totally agree, your right, any animal that has roamed the state in the past.

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potter101Mar. 14, 1311:40 PM

redkayak Mar. 14, 13 10:29 PM Wolves are not pets. This is not about hunting dogs. Wolves are a large preditor on the top of the food chain. Hunting is needed to keep them in the woods and away from humans. The number of wolves killed In the hunting season is insignificant to the maintenance of the species, They rapidly reproduce having litters of 7 to 11. What else is there to control the wolf population if not hunting?********************I always love it when they say it is to weed out the herd, what a joke, since dear hunting is to weed out the herd just let the wolves alone they will weed out the herd.

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MN's loneliest REPMar. 14, 1311:52 PM

Antogonist is right about metro legislators "knowing best"....it's interesting how people from Edina howl about coyotes when they snatch a cat or dog near 50th and France...but they want a farmer in northern Minnesota endure loss of cattle. We in the metro should listen (not talk) when our friends from the north speak on this subject. I grew up in the UP of Michigan...and we got more help than we needed from Lansing on similar issues.

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rangesonMar. 15, 13 7:00 AM

REdkayak says wolves are not pets, and then he goes on to totally confuse wolves with pets concerning litter size. Wolves in nature do NOT have 7 - 11 pups. That's people-fed dog litter size. Wolves typically have 3 - 5 pups. Also, who are we to judge the "right" number of wolves in our ecosystem? Nature/God/Mother Earth, whatever, designed this system so that nature chose itself. We arrogant superior beings seem to think we were put here to run the whole darn show.

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netcutter2Mar. 15, 13 7:00 AM

potter101 Mar. 14, 13 11:36 PM Do they make wolf burgers out of them or do they just throw them in the garbage. I think the latter...... Take a gander at the pictures of wanton waste/rotting piles of Lake Mille Lacs gill netted fish laying in the woods/dumpsters, you wont have to ask the question of- "Do They"...

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